Explore the River Series

Channel Cat Talks, Riverine Walks, and Dubuque Field Trip

Explore the river this summer through a program which teaches participants first-hand about the wildlife, history, culture and geology of the Mississippi River and the Quad Cities through Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, May 29 through September 1.

Join us in learning about the unique nature and culture of the Quad Cities. Check out our schedule by clicking on the "Read More" link below.

We would like to extend a special thanks to to our sponsors this year, including Scott County, QC Times, MetroLINK, Mancomm, and Greg & Judy Gackle.

When registering online, the shopping cart will add the two programs (Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks) together unless you "Clear" the cart between viewing the two different shopping cart links below.

Join us on Wednesday, August 29th as we take a trip to Dubuque, IA! On our guided tour, learn about the Bee Branch Watershed Flood Mitigation Project, a $219 million project to “daylight” a creek that addresses the frequent flash floods the area experiences. See the permeable alleys and floating islands the City is installing. Tour the Port of Dubuque and explore the Historic Millwork District.
When: August 29th
Time: 8:00-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $45 (Members) & $50 (Non-members)
The bus departs from the River Action office, 822 E. River Dr., Davenport, IA. The final date to register is August 24th or when filled. This trip has moderate walking and a box lunch is included. The field trip has limited room, so make sure to RSVP!

CLICK HERE to register online for Channel Cat Talks.

CLICK HERE to register online for Riverine Walks.

CLICK HERE to register online for Dubuque Field Trip.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2018 Explore the River Series brochure.

If the captain or Riverine Walk leader cancels, a rain date may be scheduled. If you have paid and are unable to attend, River Action will consider your payment a donation. No refunds will be given.

Volunteers Needed for Channel Cat Talks & Riverine Walks

Channel Cat Talks

Channel Cat Talk participants tour the Mississippi River aboard the Channel Cat Water Taxi, while experts narrate. All Channel Cat Talks are from 9:00-10:45am. Meet at the Celebration Pier Channel Cat Landing, 2951 E. River Dr, Moline, IL. Headsets are provided to all Channel Cat Talk attendees for each session so you can clearly hear the presentations! Channel Cat Talks are $14.00 per person.

May 29 and May 31 | History of the River, Jack Tumbleson, Cost Guard Auxillary

June 5 and June 7 (FULL) | Building a Bridge for the Future: The I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Project, Danielle Mulholland, I-74 Project Manager, Iowa Department of Transportation

June 12 and June 14 | David B. Sears Pioneered the Development of Water Power on the Mississippi, Frank Ege, Historian

June 19 and June 21 | Rafting Logs to the QC Mills, Gayle Rein, Historian

June 26 and June 28 | Birding on the River, Dick Sayles, QC Audubon Society

July 10 and July 12 | Canoe Voyage - QC to New Orleans, Dana Starkell, Sojourner

July 17 and July 19 | Where Does All the Sand and Gravel Come From?, Brian Dockery, RiverStone Group

July 24 and July 26 | Asian Carp in the QC, Jeremiah Haas, Exelon Generation

July 31 and August 2 | Restoring Floodplains for People and Nature, Olivia Dorothy, American Rivers

August 7 and August 9 | Operations and Maintenance of the Nation's Waterways, Anthony Heddlesten and Joshua Hendrix, USACE

August 14 and August 16 | River Landscape Mosaic, Dr. Norm Moline and Dr. Reuben Heine, Augustana College

August 21 and August 23 | The History of Fort Armstrong and the Arsenal Island, Gena Schantz, Historian

August 28 and August 30 | Building a Bridge for the Future: The I-74 Mississippi River Bridge Project, Danielle Mulholland, I-74 Project Manager, Iowa Department of Transportation

Riverine Walks

Riverine Walk participants explore the Quad Cities through a series of guided walks. Wednesday talks from 6:30-8:00pm Saturday talks from 9:00-10:30am. Each walk will meet at different locations. See below for details. If you are curious about the terrain or difficulty of a walk please call River Action for more information (563) 322-2969. Riverine Walks are $6.00 per person and FREE for River Action members.

May 30 and June 2 | Plants and Ecology of the Mississippi River and its Floodplain, Bob Bryant, Native Plant Society, Location: Tank on North side of Credit Island, Davenport, IA

June 6 and June 9 | I'm freezing out here!, Dr. Tim Muir, Augustana College, Location: Hanson Parking Lot (Lot H), Augustana College, Rock Island, IL.

June 13 and June 16 | Understanding Floodplains and Floodplain Management, Anthony Heddlesten and Wayne Wille, Certified Floodplain Managers, Location: River Heritage Park, Davenport, IA

June 20 and June 23 | The QC Story of Dred and Harriet Scott, Adam Burke, Essayist, Location: Gazebo at River Heritage Park, Davenport, IA

June 27 and June 30 | A Closer Look at Emerald Ash Borer, Scott Carlson, Master Arborist, Location: Fejervary Park, Davenport, IA

July 11 and July 14 | Lost Grove Lake: A Historical and Ecological Perspective, Chad Dolan, Iowa DNR, Location: Old Red Barn Boat Access Area, 24999 230th Ave, Eldridge, IA

July 18 and July 21 | Sylvan Island Area: History, Recreation, and Sustainability, Dr. Norm Moline, Augustana College, Location: Sylvan Island bridge entrance, Moline, IL.

July 25 and July 28 | Raising Monarch Butterflies, Janet Moline, Rock Island High School (ret.), Location: Quad City Botanical Center, Rock Island, IL. Limit to 15 people.

August 1 and August 4 | Behind Closed Doors - Putnam Museum's Artifacts, Christina Kastell and Christine Chandler, Putnam Museum, Location: Putnam Museum, 1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA. Limit to 12 people.

August 8 and August 11 | Downtown Rock Island: Still Rock Solid, Miles Brainard, Urban Planner, Location: Schweibert Riverfront Park, Rock Island, IL

August 15 and August 18 | A Look at Black Hawk State Historic Site Through the Years, Elizabeth Carvey, Historian, Location: Singing Bird Lodge, Black Hawk State Historic Site, Rock Island, IL

August 22 and August 25 | Moline Riverfront Development - 25 Years and Counting, Jeff Anderson, Urban Planner, Location: RiverEdge Walk between Radisson and Arsenal Bridge (just north of TGI Fridays and Isabelle Bloom), Moline, IL

August 29 and September 1 | Best Management Practices within an Urban / Riparian Interface, Brittany Ackerland, City of Davenport, Location: Junge Park, Davenport, IA

CLICK HERE to register online for Channel Cat Talks.

CLICK HERE to register online for Riverine Walks.

CLICK HERE to register online for Dubuque Field Trip.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the 2018 Explore the River Series brochure.

If the captain or Riverine Walk leader cancels, a rain date may be scheduled. No refunds.

Contact Us

River Action, Inc.
822 E. River Drive
Davenport, Iowa 52803
Phone: (563) 322-2969
Email: riveraction@riveraction.org

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